SBS Newsletter – October 2007
In this issue
Alum Says, “Get Fit, Be Functional, and Live Pain Free”
Student Aims to Positively Influence Young People
Sociologist Analyzes Inequality
Grad Student Aims to Open Intercultural Dialogue Among European Communities
Several Mellon Mutual Mentoring Grants Awarded to SBS
Psych Services to Offer Support for Military Families
MBA Internship Available for Spring
National Digital Government Center Hosts Officials from Kazakhstan
Governor signs Bill with Higher Education Matching Funds
Campus Safety Siren System Demonstration
UMass Unveils New Advertising Campaign: "Transform"
Lecture Series in Broadcast Journalism Fall Event Is Smashing Success
What are the rewards for the kind of teaching that has a direct and measurable impact on the surrounding community ... of research that is conducted in true partnership with the community ... and of scholarship that benefits all parties involved in that partnership? Faculty members and administrators grappled with that open question at the first campus-wide symposium on the issue, entitled “Beyond Outreach to Scholarly Engagement.” Among the faculty panelists was Assistant Professor Raymond La Raja (political science), who works in campaign finance. “Research is the priority," he said, "and then I see what in my research will make an impact on the community. I would like to see more institutional leadership. We should signal to people who are applying for jobs that this kind of engagement is valued.” Read more about the symposium.
Professor James Crotty (economics) and his contributions to the field of political economy were recognized Oct. 19-20 with the conference “Rebellious Macroeconomics: Marx, Keynes & Crotty.” Crotty has been a pioneer in exploring a range of central questions in political economy, including class conflict and the business cycle, financialization, international financial regulation, the successes and tensions of the East Asian development model, and a synthesis of Marx and Keynes. He has also had tremendous influence as a teacher and mentor to a whole generation of heterodox scholars. Read more...
University of Massachusetts Press has released The Future of Work in Massachusetts, edited by Tom Juravich (labor studies). This collection of original essays explores the changing nature of work in the Commonwealth and its impact on workers, their families and their communities. Read more...
The Victoria University Wellington Law Review has published a paper by David Mednicoff (legal studies and CPPA). "The Importance of Being Quasi-Democratic: The Domestication of International Human Rights in American and Arab Politics" builds on a comparative treatment of the politics of contestation and incorporation of human rights law in the United States, Morocco and Tunisia to highlight the salience of international law's democratic legitimacy problems of popular representation and mobilization. Read the paper [pdf].
The National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (NCTDR) continues its collaboration with the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing and the Center for Public Policy in the Societal Dimensions of NanoTechnology NSF project. The Center also held its annual Cyberweek, an all online ODR conference, October 15 –19, 2007, cosponsored with the InternetBar Organization. For more info, go to www.odr.info.To sign up for periodic email with news and information about developments in the Online Dispute Resolution field and events at NCTDR, contact Allan Gaitenby.
Jane Fountain (political science and public policy), director of the National Center for Digital Government, spoke at the 4th Ministerial e-Government Conference in September in Lisbon, Portugal. Read more...
The Center for Public Policy and Administration's 2007 Annual Newsletter is available online. Click here to read all the news from the past year. [pdf]
Taara Rangarajan '07 (political science), a presidential campaign representative to Senator Hillary Clinton, recently spoke to students in a constitutional law class at Milford (N.H.) High School. Read more...
Jared Stenquist '07 (communication) is President of Jaredweb Inc., a web development firm based in Hadley, MA. He started the company during his sophomore year, which led to the formation of a second company, CampusLIVE.com, a customizable website designed to organize students' social and academic lives. It offers access from a single site to Facebook, e-mail, news feeds, restaurant menus and more. CampusLIVE is currently available on seven campuses, including UMass Amherst, UConn, Amherst College, and Hampshire College. The CampusLIVE team also includes Boris Revsin '08 (information technology), Chief Technology Officer, and Jeff Cassidy '07 (Isenberg School of Management), Vice President of Marketing, as well as seven UMass Amherst interns. In addition, Jared tells us, "Our on-campus mentor and advisor has been James Theroux, Flavin Family Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Isenberg School, who has helped us tremendously over the past year."
Christian E. Weller '98 PhD (economics) writes, "After almost a decade in Washington, D.C., think tanks, I have now moved back to UMass, albeit to the Boston campus. Since September, I am teaching in the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the McCormack Graduate School as an associate professor." Read more...
Nicole (Chiasson) Goldman ’93 (communication) has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing & Publicity for The Jim Henson Company, the established leader in family entertainment, puppetry, animatronics and visual effects. She has been with the Company since September 1995. Read more... [pdf]
George Epstein '48 (engineering and supporter of SBS), who was sports editor of the Collegian when Mass. State College became UMass Amherst and went on to a luminous engineering career before he retired, wrote to tell us he is now a poker author and columnist for the Poker Player newspaper. He also teaches poker classes and conducts a Poker Lab for the City of Los Angeles. At the recent and first California Poker Players Conference, held earlier this month, he explained why poker is NOT gambling and shared his Four Basic Rules for winning, plus his Hold'em Algorithm. Read more and listen to an interview...
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SBS in the News
Congressional Quarterly Congressional Testimony, 10/23/07. The work and writing of Emeritus Professor Ervin Staub (psychology) on genocide is cited in the Oct. 23 congressional testimony by Jerry Fowler, director of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Springfield Republican, 10/18/07. Sean Calicchio '09 (sociology), right tackle for the UMass Amherst football team, is profiled. Calicchio recovered a key fumble during the Villanova game that helped the Minutemen seal their overtime victory. Read the article...
HR Magazine, 10/2007. M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, was quoted in the cover story, "Are You Too Family Friendly?" that focuses on current shifts in family-friendly policies in the workplace based on marriage trends across the country. Badgett discusses differences in uninsurance rates among single-sex couples, married people, and unmarried heterosexuals with partners. Her statements are based on a 2006 study conducted with Michael Ash (Economics and CPPA) with the Williams Institute. Read the article [pdf] To read "New Study on Health Insurance Inequality and Domestic Partner Benefits" by M.V. Lee Badgett and Michael Ash, please click here [pdf].
Inside Higher Ed, 10/16/07. Emeritus Professor Guenter Lewy (political science) is one of the prominent academics arguing that the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks beginning in 1915 doesn’t qualify as genocide, but was a case of mass killing. Read the article...
Boston Globe, 9/29/07. A column co-authored by Ethan Katsh, legal studies, discusses using online dispute resolution for small claims court cases. Read the article...
November 16-18: Unbroken Chain, the largest conference on the legacy of the Grateful Dead, and the first to be held by a major university. Scholars, artists, performers, students and members of the extended Grateful Dead family will gather for the event. Attendance is limited to 500. Sponsored by UMass Amherst Graduate School, the Department of History and UMass Amherst Outreach. More info and registration...
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